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fallFRINGE (sic) Announces Its Lineup

Veteran Capital Fringe solo artist Ed Hamell will perform Nov. 18 and 19.

We've barely recovered from the sixth Capital Fringe Festival back in July, but earlier this week the festival announced the lineup for its smaller, more typographically exciting autumn cousin, fallFRINGE.

The mini-festival, which runs from Nov. 1-20, will reprise nine entires from this year' Fringe proper, including iKill, the haunting Japanese dance piece that won the Director's Award. (Here 's our video interview with several members of iKill's cast from the night of the awards ceremony.) I'm looking forward to getting another look at that when I'm capable of focusing on something other than the slow boiling of my brain — the piece was originally staged in The Apothecary, the most infernal festival venue.

Two other two award-winners returning from the summer festival are Katie Molinaro's woman-scorned musical On the Rag to Riches, which won Best Solo Performance, and the Best Experimental winner, Pointless Theatre's The Super-Spectacular Dada Adventures of Hugo Ball. All fallFRINGE acts will play The Shop at 607 New York Avenue, with tickets priced at $20 or $15 with a 2011 Capital Fringe Festival button. A $75 pass will get you admission to four theater shows plus two musical performances. The music lineup will be announced Oct. 11, when fallFRINGE tickets go on sale. The Baladacchino Gypsy Tent Bar will be open, albeit indoors.

Should you require more presuasion, hard-touring singer-songwriter-raconteur Ed Hamell, who has played the Fringe several times but was absent last summer, will perform his Hamell on Trial solo show, which rocked the Baldacchino Gypsy tent in 2010. (We profiled him on that occasion.) Finally, Sheldon Scott, an actor-playwright who's appeared in several Fringe productions and who prides himself on his sartorial swagger, will debut a new piece, Shrimp & Grits.

Of the other returning 2011 shows, we can unequivocally endorse Adelind Horan's insightful "vebatim theare" solo show about coal mining in Kentucky and West Virgina, Cry of the Mountain, comedienne Vijai Nathan's Good Girls Don't, but Indian Girls Do, and Kimleigh Smith's T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! Other returning shows we reviewed this summer include Squirrel, or The Origin of a Species, Pascal's Aquarium, and playwright Stephen Spotswood's Sisters of Ellery Hollow.

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